02 May 2018

Matching (XXII). A Platon

Historically, the Japanese pen industry has created a mixture of original models and of copies of successful designs from the West. Today’s pen in an example of the later—an obvious copy of the Waterman’s 100 year pen… by Platon.

The company Nakayama Taiyôdô, owner of the brand Platon, was active between 1919 and 1954, and created a number of pens made of celluloid and ebonite, some with maki-e decoration. Platon also implemented a wide variety of filling systems, although this was always a fertile field of experimentation among Japanese manufacturers.

Around 1950, Platon marketed the following pen:


A Platon pen from ca. 1950. JPY 350.


A Japanese eyedropper made of celluloid.

It’s original price was JPY 350. The pen is a Japanese eyedropper made of celluloid following the style of the iconic 100 year model made by Waterman.


The pen implements a steel nib, partially gold plated. The inscription reads "WARRANTED / PLATON / HARDEST / IRIDIUM / <3>".


These are its dimensions:
Length closed: 130 mm
Length open: 120 mm
Length posted: 153 mm
Diameter: 13 mm
Weight: 14.7 g


Even the clip follows the lines of the Waterman original. Both the clip and the cap itself, just above the band, are marked with the brand name: "PLATON".

My thanks to Mr. Sugimoto.


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Bruno Taut
Nakano, April 19th 2018
etiquetas: Platon, Waterman

2 comments:

Nikos said...

As always, yet another interesting post. Why do you think they ended up going for a Japanese eyedropper filling system instead of using the lever system just like on the Waterman pen ? I wonder if it was a more cost effective solution, or just their wish to keep at least the "guts" of the pen Japanese. in the 50s (and earlier) both filling systems were already popular in Japan.

Bruno Taut said...

Thanks, Nikos, for your support.

You can create a Japanese eyedropper with just a lathe. That is not the case of a lever filler, where you might need parts made by other people. Just a hypothesis.

Cheers,

BT

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